One of the world's most famous and influential books, Meditations, by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121 - 180), incorporates the stoic precepts he used to cope with his life as a warrior and administrator of an empire. Ascending to the imperial throne in AD 161, Aurelius found his reign beset by natural disasters and war. In the wake of these challenges, he set down a series of private reflections, outlining a philosophy of commitment to virtue above pleasure and tranquility above happiness.
Reflecting the emperor's own noble and self-sacrificing code of conduct, this eloquent and moving work draws and enriches the tradition of Stoicism, which stressed the search for inner peace and ethical certainty in an apparently chaotic world. Serenity was to be achieved by emulating in one's personal conduct the underlying orderliness and lawfulness of nature. And in the face of inevitable pain, loss, and death - the suffering at the core of life - Aurelius counsels stoic detachment from the things that are beyond one's control and a focus on one's own will and perception.
This updated and revised edition is easily accessible to contemporary listeners. It not only provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the second century but also offers today's listeners a practical and inspirational guide to the challenges of everyday life.
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A must own!
Instructions for life. This book takes simple meditations and applies them to the real life scenario of a Roman emperor. These meditations transfer seamlessly to real life. How to be a leader, how to let things go, how to manage turmoil, and how to be gracious can all be found in this book.
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His voice and performance bring weight and gravitas to this book. You feel as if an emperor is talking to you through the centuries. It is a performance I have yet to see duplicated. A treat for any listener.
This book and this performance was extremely empowering. It made me want to reevaluate decisions I had made, and made me think about future decisions I will make. Very inspiring and thought provoking.
This is an amazing performance to behold! I have read this book before but it was never brought to life the way that Kevin Theis does. Truly amazing!
- Anthony Tournis
this narrator is amazing! Great Performance!
- Michael F. Rocco